India Elected to UN Statistical Commission Narcotic Drugs and Programme Coordinating Board

India Elected to UN
India Elected to UN

India has been elected as a member of the United Nations (UN) Statistical Commission Narcotic Drugs and the Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint UN Program. This decision was made during a vote held at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) on April 6, 2023.

India’s Election to the UN Statistical Commission Narcotic Drugs:

The UN Statistical Commission Narcotic Drugs is responsible for addressing issues related to drug control and ensuring compliance with international drug control treaties. India’s election to this commission is a significant achievement, as it will provide the country with a platform to contribute to global efforts to combat drug abuse and trafficking. It will also provide India with the opportunity to share its expertise and best practices in drug control with other member states.

Voting Details:

India, along with South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, and China, were vying for two seats from the Asia Pacific States category. In the first round of voting, South Korea received 23 votes, while China and the UAE received 19 and 15 votes, respectively. In the second round, China and South Korea each received 25 votes, resulting in a tie. Under the Council’s rules of procedure, South Korea was elected for the second seat through the drawing of lots following two inconclusive rounds of secret-ballot voting.

India’s Election to the Programme Coordinating Board:

India’s election to the Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint UN Program is also an important development. The Joint UN Program is responsible for coordinating efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, among other diseases. India’s membership on the board will provide it with a greater voice in global health policy-making and enable it to contribute to efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals related to health.

Significance of India’s Election:

India’s election to both the UN Statistical Commission Narcotic Drugs and the Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint UN Program demonstrates the country’s increasing presence in the international arena. These memberships will provide India with platforms to contribute to global efforts to combat drug abuse and trafficking, as well as efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals related to health. It will also provide India with the opportunity to share its expertise and best practices in drug control and health with other member states.

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